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Ziff Davis Reviews

Updated February 6, 2017
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Vivek Shah
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  • Middle management given zero management training (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management is far removed from what is really going on within the sales teams in the other offices (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Could be a great company, but currently missing the mark."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ziff Davis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great, really smart people; casual work environment, jovial but professional atmosphere; decent benefits. My coworkers were what got me excited to go to work everyday.

    Cons

    Writers have strict quotas, little room for creativity. Upper management isn't focused on quality of product and there's little communication between departments and few opportunities to collaborate. Ziff is focused on gobbling up smaller companies, but the acquisitions don't see themselves as being part of the company. Lack of transparency with management; managers are rarely trained to be managers, and are often ineffective.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for departments to get to know each other.


  2. "good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ziff Davis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great group to work with lots of friendly people who are working towards a common goal. Results driven culture. People who are good and hard working are recognized quickly and have their chance at promotion. Good place to work with recognizable name and high quality brands.

    Cons

    Benefits aren't as good as the competition.


  3. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Account Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Ziff Davis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of good people that work at Ziff Davis.
    They also have good benefits

    Cons

    Management was unwilling to listen to lower level employees. I was always spoke down to.
    Had to work long hours in the NY office.

    Advice to Management

    Don't have such a short leash with employees. Provide them the resources to do their job well.


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  5. "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people; good work life balance

    Cons

    limited promotion opportunity; not clear future goal


  6. "Endemic publisher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Solid endemic publisher, old brand name and legacy for tech.

    Cons

    Limited reach to non-endemic clients


  7. "Friendly, but old-fashioned"

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    Former Freelancer - Contributing Writer in New York, NY
    Former Freelancer - Contributing Writer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ziff Davis (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people. Smart, experienced. Flexible work rules. Good visibility for a freelancer. High-quality product, originally in print, now mostly online.

    Cons

    Haven't really updated the way they work or do business. Don't communicate well with employees. No clear vision of what the company is about, or at least not one that is well-articulated.

    Advice to Management

    Leverage your multiple properties and deep bench of talent into modern platforms, as other, much newer ventures continue to pass you by and eventually draw away the best talent.


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    "Solid company with some issues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ziff Davis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good product. You can be proud of the editorial integrity and the quality of what the various websites produce. C-level is strong and the company has been on a financial upswing and is growing through acquisition rapidly.

    Cons

    It's been falling behind the times for the last year. There is a distinct lack of desire to innovate that has appeared recently which is making it difficult to bring new ideas to the table.

    Company culture has become muddled due to multiple fast pace acquisitions.

    Advice to Management

    Quit shutting people down before you even try to execute an idea. Go back to some of the cultural principles that created a once very positive workplace.


  9. "Sales Rep"

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Ziff Davis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fellow co-workers, great marketing team, great work/balance.

    Cons

    Declining readership, but that was turning around due to acquisitions.

    Advice to Management

    I think you're doing a great job, keep it up!


  10. "Former Operations employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Ziff Davis full-time

    Pros

    Friendly work environment and good pay for entry level employees

    Cons

    There wasn't a lot of room for growth. The office wasn't very social outside of work hours. Very "keep to yourself" enviornment.


  11. "Sales Role"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ziff Davis (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, flexibility to run your book of business the way you see fit. Great exposure to digital sales.

    Cons

    Little to no training. Upper management is far removed from what is really going on within the sales teams in the other offices. It's a boy's club - no women in management roles and there is no room to grow in the company.



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